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ASU releases statement of clarification on self-imposed bowl ban

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Following Arizona State’s self-imposed bowl ban that was announced Sunday, the school released a list of bullet points of clarification.

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Here’s the full statement:

“STATEMENT FROM ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Regarding ASU’s self-imposed bowl ban, please note the following:

*  The deadline for ASU undergraduate student athletes to enter the transfer portal was in April 2023.

*  The NCAA case involving the University of Tennessee, which was particularly relevant to ASU’s case, was pending until the Committee on Infractions announced its decision on July 14, 2023.

*  In the University of Tennessee case the NCAA Committee on Infractions imposed “an enhanced financial penalty” of $8 million in lieu of a postseason competition ban.  It also required enhanced recruiting penalties, e.g., a 120-day reduction of evaluation days (28 fall days and 92 spring days), a 40-week reduction of unofficial visits, a loss of 28 scholarships, and a 28-week “reduction of communications” with recruits, i.e., no communications.

*  ASU believes that if recruiting penalties of the type set out in the Tennessee case were applied to ASU, such penalties would seriously impair Coach Dillingham’s ability to build ASU’s football program.

*  ASU self-imposed a postseason ban to help pave the way for program stability and greater clarity going forward.”

To sum it up:

Arizona State did not impose the ban with the intention of keeping players from leaving, as the portal was closed back in April.

In comparison to the Tennessee case, Arizona State did not want to pay a hefty fine and endure the recruiting penalties that the Volunteers now face. The bowl ban, in their opinion, was the best way for first-year coach Kenny Dillingham to build the program how he wants.

Why the Sun Devils did not impose some of these violations, even a bowl ban, before last season, which ended up being Edwards final year, is unclear.

What do you think of this statement?

ASU coach, players express strong displeasure with team’s self-imposed bowl ban

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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